While this fall may be different than previous years in many ways, the beauty of the season hasn’t changed and there are plenty of traditional activities and traditions just waiting to be experienced. From family-friendly outdoor activities like taking in amazing views of fall foliage and visiting a local pumpkin patch to finding your way through a corn maze, you can still make lasting memories. As Kansas City’s local PEO since 1988, we know a thing or two about the best local activities this time of year. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Kansas City every October.
Visit a Pumpkin Patch
A visit to a local pumpkin patch is a great way to usher in the change in seasons, support local farmers and pick out a pumpkin or two! With so many different shapes, colors and sizes, it truly is fun to search for that perfect jack-o-lantern. Here are a few of our favorite pumpkin patches on both sides of the state line (updated for 2020).
1. Carolyn’s Country Cousins
This working farm is open seven days a week September 19 through October 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Features include a pumpkin patch, pumpkinator, petting farm, wagon rides and more. The farm has taken extra safety precautions in response to COVID-19, including requiring face masks on the hayride and carousel, adding plexiglass between train rows and increasing cleaning and sanitation efforts. All attractions are open at the farm for 2020 except the Corn Pit. Single tickets range from $13.95 - 23.95 depending on the day of week and add-on activities. Click here for more information.
2. Liberty Corn Maze
While not a pumpkin patch, Liberty Corn Maze is located right next to Carolyn’s Country Cousins pumpkin patch. This year’s corn maze theme honors our Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory. The corn maze is open Fridays (5 - 10 p.m.), Saturdays (10 a.m. - 10 p.m.) and Sundays (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) now through October 31. Admission is $11.38 for adults (ages 13 and up) and $9.48 for children (ages 4 - 12). Be sure to wear clothes suitable for being outdoors, including shoes that could get muddy. For nighttime corn maze goers, don’t forget a flashlight! Combo tickets to visit Carolyn’s Country Cousins pumpkin patch and Liberty Corn Maze can be purchased through both businesses at the rate of $23.95 per ticket. Click here for more information.
3. Louisburg Cider Mill
The Louisburg Cider Mill pumpkin patch and corn maze, located at 14730 K68 Highway in Louisburg, Kansas, is now open daily through November 1. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ($7.99 admission fee), Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ($11.99 admission fee), and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ($11.99 admission fee). Admission includes access to the 10-acre pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay wagon ride, mount sunflower slide, petting zoo and more. Pumpkins, Jump Pillow bands, and food and drink sold separately. This year’s corn maze theme is Beetle Juice! Due to COVID-19, the annual CiderFest was cancelled, but there are plenty more fun activities including Zombie Forest Night, the 11th Annual Burning Scarecrow Event, Costume Weekend and Cider & Spiders, Ticks & Treats. Click here for more information.
4. Johnson Farms
Johnson Farms is a 140-acre working farm that features over 50-acres of pumpkins and other decorative fall produce, plus apple trees, gorgeous fall mums, a sunflower field, farm animals and children’s play area. Johnson Farms is located southwest of Belton, Missouri, at 177th and Holmes Road. Hours of operation are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12 - 5 p.m. ($11.99 admission fee), and Thursdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. ($13.99 admission fee). Reservations are required this year due to COVID-19 and can be made online. Each reserved time slot allows for three hours on the farm. Visitors can arrive any time during their three-hour reserved time slot, but must leave promptly at the end of their reserved time. Click here for more information.
5. Powell Pumpkins
One of Kansas City’s most traditional pumpkin patches, Powell boasts free access to their 35-acre pumpkin patch, hayrack rides, a nature trail and playground. Admission to the corn maze is $5.00 for adults (ages 12 and over) and $3 for children (ages 6-12). Pumpkins can be purchased at varying amounts. Powell is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October 31 and is located at 25695 Spring Valley Road in Louisburg, Kansas. The corn maze closes at 5 p.m. Click here for more information.
6. KC Pumpkin Patch
Located right in Olathe, Kansas, family-owned KC Pumpkin Patch offers more than 50 attractions for children and adults including the barrel train, NINJA course, zip lines, Slides, games, farm animals and pumpkin patch admission. Hours of operation are Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tickets are available online for $13.95 or $15.95 at the door. Due to COVID-19, KC Pumpkin Patch is operating as a cashless facility this year. Click here for more information.
7. Faulkner’s Pumpkin Ranch
Located in South Kansas City, Faulkner’s Pumpkin Ranch spans 25-acres and includes a corn maze, petting farm and play area with more than 25 interactive activities. All pumpkins are pre-picked and available at additional fee. Hours of operation are Mondays through Thursdays from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. and Fridays through Sundays from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission is $10 Mondays through Fridays and $15 Saturdays and Sundays. Optional attractions that require the purchase of Falkner’s Funny Money tokens include pony rides, ziplines, the corn cannon and mechanical bulls. Due to COVID-19, occupancy is limited and tickets must be purchased online to guarantee admission. Click here for more information.
6 Places to Check out Kansas City’s Fall Foliage
It comes as no surprise to us that Kansas City was named by TripAdvisor as one of the “15 Best American Cities for Viewing Autumn Foliage.” Thanks to VisitKC for highlighting some of the top destinations within the city to see vivid fall colors. Here are some of the top spots:
1. Loose Park
This beautiful park is located in Midtown at 5100 Wornall Road, Kansas City, Missouri.
2. Shawnee Mission Park
Located at 7900 Renner Road in Shawnee, the park features a 120-acre lake, 11 shelters, numerous picnic areas, nature trails, a 44-acre dog off-leash area, and mountain biking and hiking trails.
3. Longview Lake and Park
Longview Park, located at 11100 View High Drive, in Kansas City, attracts over one million visitors each year and features a 930-acre lake, four-mile nature trail, six-mile bicycle trail and more.
4. Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Over 300 acres of meticulous landscapes, gardens and trails await at the Overland Park Arboretum located at 8909 W. 179th Street in Overland Park.
5. Cliff Drive Scenic Byway
Located in George E. Kessler Park at Chestnut Trafficway and Cliff Drive in historic Northeast Kansas City. Cliff Drive is closed to motor vehicles every Wednesday through Sunday to allow walkers, runners and bicyclists to enjoy the scenery without fear of traffic. Click here for more information.
6. Powell Gardens
Located 15 minutes east of Lee’s Summit in Kingsville, Missouri, Powell Gardens boasts 915 acres of breathtaking scenic views. Click here for more information.
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